The Rev Philip Benson will be introduced as Curate-in-Charge of the Parish of Kilwaughter and Cairncastle with All Saints at a service in All Saints’ Parish Church, Larne, on Sunday September 2.
The service, which begins at 3.30pm, will be led by the Rural Dean, the Rev Canon Mark Taylor and the Ven Paul Dundas, Archdeacon of Dalriada. The preacher is the Very Rev Stephen Forde, Dean of Belfast and former rector of Larne and Inver with Glynn and Raloo, where Philip has been curate since 2015.
Philip was ordained a deacon in September 2014 and served his internship in the Grouped Parishes of Finaghy and Upper Malone. He became curate in Larne and Inver with Glynn and Raloo following his ordination as a priest in September 2015.
Philip is from Bangor and grew up attending Carnalea Methodist Church, where he was a member of the BB, attended the YF and later became a leader. He went to school at RBAI and studied Theology at Queen’s University, Belfast.
After graduating Philip worked for Goldsmiths Jewellers while completing a Theology Master’s Degree part-time. In 2009 he began working as a youth worker full time, and also helped to lead the youth group at St Gall’s Carnalea. Around this time Philip began to explore his vocation and he was accepted for training in 2012.
His interests include football, movies, music and history. He is currently chair of the Connor Youth Council
Following the Service of Introduction & Welcome, light refreshments will be served in the halls of Craigyhill Presbyterian Church.